Raffles reviews: The Dining Room, Park Hyatt, Sydney

kid at lunch at the Park Hyatt Sydney

Do you know how cool my mama is? It’s a lot. And not just because she’s nice, which she is, but because she takes me on special lunch dates so I can eat loads and loads of food. And everyone knows that the way to my heart is through my belly. Actually, I think my heart is in my belly. 

Though I always like our food adventures, this time Mama did something extra special and took me to lunch at The Dining Room in the Park Hyatt Sydney. I had to wear my best jacket because it’s a bit posh.

Kid at The Park Hyatt Sydney

All the people there were dressed really nicely and smelled good. I guess that’s because they all had showers before they went. It’s that kind of place. It’s so nice inside and has cool dingly dangly lights and views of the Harbour. We were really lucky because our table was by an open window next to a pirate ship parking lot. There were pirate ships coming and going the whole time. I don’t know what they were up to. The pirates were probably told to leave because they would have been too smelly to have lunch here.

Park Hyatt Sydney

There were so many yummy things on the menu that it took me ages to choose what to eat but in the end I had the Seared Blue Fin Tuna (with beetroot and raspberry sauce, dashi and sumac). I’ve never had tuna like this. It was a little bit like sashimi… only much better.

Seared Blue Fin Tuna at The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney It melted in my mouth and came with hundreds of little flavours all over the plate. There was a salty raspberry powder, sumac and something frothy. It was A-MAZING!

Mama had Duck Foie Gras (with brioche, rhubarb, hibiscus and berries). It came with raspberries and strawberries. She let me have half. Oh. My. Gosh! Whoever thought of combining berries with pâté is a genius.

Duck Foie Gras at The Dining Room, Sydney

For mains I had Cobia (with carrot and ginger mousseline, baby spinach, sesame, orange and mirin). It’s a kind of fish that was juicy and really tasty and I liked it so much that when Mama tried to have a taste I stabbed her with my fork.

Cobia with ginger and carrot mousseline

She had lamb (Murraylands lamb loin with spring onion, baby pak choi, pistachio and tarragon sabayon) and she didn’t stab me back when I wanted to taste some of hers. I told you she was nice.

Murraylands lamb loin at The Dining Room

I feel like the food here is a lot French and a little bit Japanese… like somehow they’ve been combined. That’s good because I like both. I think the chef is like the Leonardo Da Vinci of food. Leonardo de Vinci was an artist and an inventor a long time ago and the chef here is an inventor of food that looks like art. We got to meet him, his name is Franck and he’s a proper French man.

Raffles and chef Frank Detrait at The Dining Room

I like French people because they have cool accents, make awesome food and are really, really nice. We talked about cheese and he offered me a job in his kitchen. I’d take him up on it except I’d probably just eat all his food and then he’d get cross at me.

As a surprise he gave me three desserts! THREE! And the world’s most delicious chocolate truffle, but that doesn’t count does it? Anyway, the desserts made my eyes explode. They were the most fabulous desserts I have ever, ever seen and they tasted better than they looked. My favourites were the berries (with marshmallow, meringue and yoghurt sorbet) and the plate of chocolate everything (Chocolate Gran Cru, hazelnut, quinoa and raspberry sorbet).

dessert at the Dining Room, Chocolate Gran Cru, hazelnut, quinoa and raspberry sorbet

It had chocolate dust and soft mouse and crunchy bits and it was like having a food party in my mouth. I ate both of them and mum didn’t even get to taste. I let her have the Pineapple (caramelized pineapple with banana, coconut and mango granita). She said it was nice.

After lunch we went for a nice walk along the Harbour. It was really fun.

Kids outside the Park Hyatt

I’ve eaten in lots of places and this was definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Next time we’ll take daddy. But only so I can eat his dinner too.

Reviewed by Raffles – aged 6 
*bracketed detail by his mama

The Dining Room
Park Hyatt Sydney
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000
PH: 02 9256 1234




20 Comments on Raffles reviews: The Dining Room, Park Hyatt, Sydney

  1. hugzillablog
    October 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm (10 years ago)

    Holy crap, that dessert makes me feel like I have died and gone to heaven. It all looks utterly beautiful and utterly delicious (other than the weird looking froth that looks like spit *heathen alert*). Nice review Raffles! And you too Mama x

      October 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks Hugzilla, I really like your name Rx

  2. Fresh Home Cook
    October 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow Raffles what a fabulous review! The food you had looks so delicious – the chef really is an artist. I really love your descriptions of the dishes you ate, I can imagine just how yum they were!
    This was such a great way to spend time with your very gorgeous mum – she really is the coolest! As are you! xx

      October 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm (10 years ago)

      Thank you. I know my mum is the best Rx

  3. Julie
    October 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm (10 years ago)

    Loved your review Raff! Will have to try the restaurant out with Billy sometime! I’d love to try the duck foie grassed the caramelised pineapple!

      October 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm (10 years ago)

      The duck foie gras is so so yummy Rx

  4. pakysssima
    October 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm (10 years ago)

    Your review just made my day!! I love how well and creatively you express yourself. Keep the amazing job going and please let your mama have some food!!
    Love, Checha!!

      October 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks Checha, I miss you Rx

  5. jetlagmama
    October 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm (10 years ago)

    Great review! So funny (i stabbed her with my fork!) You have a great future ahead of you Raffles 🙂

      October 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm (10 years ago)

      Thank you so much Rx

  6. Lisa
    October 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm (10 years ago)

    I’m glad that you ate in a place where everybody has showers and smells nice – made me wonder about the types of restaurants your Mum usually takes you too? All the food looks wonderful and your review made me feel that I was there too. Great job.

      October 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa, sometime we eat at smelly places. Rx

      October 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm (10 years ago)

      You should totally go Rx

  7. Grace
    October 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm (10 years ago)

    Oooh lala! Franck with a “c”! Must be French! I had my hen’s high tea party at the Park Hyatt. Such a great atmosphere there.

      October 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm (10 years ago)

      I want to try the high tea too. Rx

  8. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    October 23, 2014 at 9:46 am (10 years ago)

    Oh your little reviewer has a BIG future… as for that food.. ummmm YUM!!!!!! xx

      October 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm (10 years ago)

      Thank you Sonia. When I’m big I’m going to have my own food show or be a ninja. x

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm (10 years ago)

    Raffles, I definitely know how cool your mama is. I’ve met her a few times and from reading this blog, she is the coolest mum around!

      October 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm (10 years ago)

      I think so Rx


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